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'G.I. Joe' writers sue paramount, MGM over 'Stolen' sequel

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Cannes: Fan Bingbing joins Jackie Chan action comedy 'Skip trace'


ising international star Fan Bingbing will star opposite action icon Jackie Chan in 'Skiptrace', Hollywood reporter has revealed. It added that the Englishlanguage film is based on an original idea by Chan, about a Hong Kong detective and American gambler who set out to take down Hong Kong's most notorious criminal. In another key development, Exclusive Media has come aboard to co-produce and co-finance the action comedy with Beijing-based production and distribution company Talent International Film Co., guaranteeing that the film will get a slot at the Chinese

box office. Skiptrace will be shopped to foreign buyers this month at the Cannes Film Market by Exclusive president of international sales and distribution, Alex Walton (Chan and Bingbing will personally pitch international distributors). In the comedy, the detective (Chan) and the gambler -- a role yet to be cast -- form an unlikely partnership as they embark on a wild journey to find the criminal mastermind. Settings will include many of China's most scenic and exotic locales. It isn't know what role Fan will play.

Jon Longino wrote the script, with The Sitter scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka co-writing. 'Skip trace', comes almost two decades after Talent International Film Group president, Esmond Ren first worked with Chan on 'The Legend of Drunken Master' (1994). Chan was most recently in theaters with Chinese 12 Zodiac, which he directed, wrote, produced and starred in. Fan, a fashion icon, has starred in numerous Chinese films. She's now shooting her first Hollywood tentpole, 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Day of Future Past.

avid Elliot and Paul Lovett, two of the credited screenwriters on the 2009 film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, have filed a massive lawsuit against Paramount, MGM, Hasbro and producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura. At issue is the sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which came out in March and grossed nearly $120 million in domestic box office. According to a complaint filed in California federal court late last week and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Elliot and Lovett had a contractual "first opportunity" to write the first sequel to the Joe Cobra movie if they were the sole writers. But they weren't. Stuart Beattie was also given a coscreenwriting credit. Nevertheless, the two writers say that shortly after

the premiere of the 2009 film, the defendant film companies asked them to present plotlines, themes, characters and more for a potential sequel "with the stated intent that the PDH Defendants would hire Plaintiffs to write the screenplay if they liked Plaintiffs' proposed Sequel." Elliot and Lovett said that they did just that, and now after seeing their work allegedly taken without credit, they are seeking more than $23 million in damages for copyright infringement and breach of implied contract. "These original inventions, which make Plaintiffs' Proposed Sequel a compelling piece of story-telling, have been stolen by the (defendants) in the hopes of infusing the Joe Retailiation Movie with the blockbuster power of Plaintiffs' Work."

Dr. Phil sues Gawker for copyright infringement

Dr. Phil


hil McGraw's production company has filed suit against Gawker Media for posting footage of the TV therapist's Dr. Phil show interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax, on

its sports gossip blog, Filed Monday in Texarcana, Texas, the suit claims the website posted the juiciest parts of the interview online before it had aired in the majority of Dr. Phil markets.

Part One of the two-part interview -- which aired over two days -- had ended on a cliffhanger, with viewers left unsure whether or not Tuiasosopo would speak in the female voice that allegedly duped Te'o into thinking he was carrying on a long-distance relationship with a woman named Lennay Kekua. The suit alleges that Deadspin stole copyrighted material and made it available to viewers online, resulting in lower ratings for the second episode. Filed on behalf of Peteski Productions by lawyers Chip Babcock of Houston and George McWilliams of Texarkana, the claim seeks actual damages at an amount to be proven at trial, an injunction preventing Gawker Media from continuing to infringe on Peteski Production's copyright of Dr. Phil episodes, plus punitive damages meant to deter Gawker Media from engaging in such behavior in the future. Deadspin originally broke the Te'o story in January, igniting one of the most sensational media storms of the year. The story has over 4 million views. Attempts to reach Gawker Media for comment were not immediately answered.

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Justin Timberlake announces '20/20 experience world tour '


ustin Timberlake is set to head out on a worldwide solo tour starting in October. The 32-year-old entertainer announced dates for the 20/20 experience World Tour, which will run through 2014, via his official website. The global trek will kick off in Montreal on October 31 before traveling across North America, Europe, Australia and South America. Tickets go on sale in select markets beginning Monday (May 13). Justin's new fan club, The Tennessee Kids, will have access to a pre-sale started on Tuesday.

Justin Timberlake

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